I meant to update with pictures and entries from Australia while I've been here, and I have so many pictures to share, especially my double trip to the bookstore. But whenever I've been online, I've been talking with Hubby, checking in on our family, and watching the pictures of Sandy's aftermath in New Jersey arrive.
This is a feeling I've never envied anyone for having, but now I know how it feels to see so many places that mean a lot to me destroyed, and to know I'm on the other side of the planet is doubly difficult. The people I meet in Australia, when they find out I'm from Jersey, are so concerned. The storm has been a headline here (along with my very favorite headline ever, “Australians Take Shelter In Bar”)and the concern is honest – as is the immediate assurance that Americans are so tough, we'll be ok.
Most of all, the people who've contacted me on Twitter, Facebook, and email just to ask if my family is ok (they are, thank you) and to ask if there's anything they can do, is tremendously touching. Thank you for that. I'm amazed at the beauty of what people do to help one another when everything is crushed in rubble, from finding information for me (thanks, Jen) to driving a generator five hours from Maryland so my family will have heat (thanks, Angie). There's a part of me inside that feels like a raisin (sorry, sultana), all twisted and compacted with worry and fear. But the feeling of awe and appreciation is even greater, that while I'm far away so many have helped me and my family. Thank you for that.
The cleanup of New Jersey is going to take a long time, but it's winter – which means that next summer, perhaps the beaches will be ready for romance reading. Let's meet on the beach with books and beverages, ok?
Coming soon (as soon as I switch hotels and unpack again), I have pictures of my shopping trip to Dymock's books, where the prices made me lightheaded, and a podcast interview with Kat from BookThingo, who sat with me for a terrific interview.
But for now, you have my gratitude. I hope you and yours are safe and dry. Every day I'm online, the world gets smaller and smaller as I meet more and more people, and you're all so wonderfully awesome. Thank you.